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Communication: Obtaining Background Material

A research guide to finding books, articles, and other resources in Communication

Using Reference Books

Use Reference books to:

♦  Obtain background material to help familiarize yourself with your topic

♦  Locate definitions of terms and concepts

♦  Find bibliographies suggesting additional resources on your topic


Reference books are on the first floor of Simpson Library

Don't forget!  If you need assistance, stop at the Information Desk (located to the right as you enter Simpson Library's front door).

Citing Your Sources

While writing research papers, you may need to:

  List your sources in bibliographies or works cited, and

♦  Provide either footnotes or endnotes.

Here is a link to the UMW Libraries' Guide to Citing Resources.

General Reference Books

Encyclopedia of Communication and Information
REFB P 87.5 .E53
Encyclopedia of Communication Theory
REFB P 87.5 .E496 2009
Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications
REFB P 87.5 .E535 2003
International Encyclopedia of Communications
REFB P 87.5 .I5 1989